I’m not one of those gazillion authors who’s capitalizing on Jane Austen‘s popularity some 200 years after her death. I don’t write Zombies and Jane Austen or Death at Pemberly or any of the books that continue to come out monthly with characters tied to Pride and Prejudice.
But I do owe to Jane Austen my long-standing career writing novels set in Regency England, mirroring the time when she wrote her classic books. My first book, A Duke Deceived, was published in 1998, and my newest release, Love in the Library, is my 17th book set in Regency England.
That first book (which won me the title Notable New Author) was heavily influenced by Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. I had a rich and powerful hero and shy, impoverished heroine. That book, more than any I’ve written, had–like Austen’s–a rich cast of supporting characters and satisfying subplot romances, owing to the fact it was a stand-alone book.
Love in the Library also owes a debt to Jane Austen. It’s the fifth book in my popular Brides of Bath series. Bath? Yes, that English spa town Austen immortalized in her own works and the town in which she stayed for a considerable period of time.
Because of her, I have come to love that most quintessentially Georgian city in all of England. Its uniformity of classically inspired architecture made of the golden-colored Bath stone offers a stateliness that’s hard to beat anywhere. The assembly rooms where Austen attended balls are still there. And the lazy, lovely River Avon meanders its way along the pedestrian-friendly city.
I’ve been to Bath twice and hope to go again. I also hope my series can introduce my readers to that delightful little slice of England.
About the Author:
Cheryl Bolen is the New York Times, USA Today best-selling author of more than a dozen Regency-set historical romance novels. Her books have placed in several writing contests, including the Daphne du Maurier, and have been translated into 11 languages. She was named Notable New Author in 1999, and in 2006 she won the Holt Medallion (Honoring Outstanding Literary Talent) for Best Short Historical Novel. In 2012 she won Best Historical in the International Digital Awards for eBooks published the prior year, and one of her 2011 novellas won Best Historical Novella. Her books have become Barnes & Noble and Amazon bestsellers.
Many of her readers love her many marriage of convenience stories. Her lighter books have been compared to Georgette Heyer, and her more emotional reads (where the heroine has many obstacles before her happy ending) have been compared to Mary Balogh.
Cheryl recently returned to her first love of romantic suspense and mystery with fast-paced plots featuring heroines in peril and the strong men they can lean on. It was these books which first got her noticed in the publishing world when her manuscripts won many contests.
A former journalist who admits to a fascination with dead Englishwomen, she is a regular contributor to The Regency Plume, The Regency Reader, and The Quizzing Glass. Many of her articles can found on her website, www.CherylBolen.com, and more recent ones on her blog, www.CherylsRegencyRamblings.wordpress.com. Readers are welcomed at both places.
Cheryl holds a dual degree in English and journalism from the University of Texas, and she earned a master’s degree from the University of Houston. She and her professor husband are the parents of two sons, one who is an attorney, and the other a journalist. Her favorite things to do are watching the UT Longhorns, reading letters and diaries of Georgian Englishmen, and traveling to England.
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